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CPEC passes through disputed territory: US

The Trump administration has informed Congress that it too believes the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) passes through a disputed territory — originally an India claim aimed at thwarting the development plan. The $56 billion CPEC passes through Pakis­t­an’s northern areas, which India claims is part...

Reviewing State of Pakistani Economy

Muhammad Faran Balance of Payments – 2M FY18 CAD at US$ 2.6bn As per latest data released, current account deficit clocked in at US$550mn in Aug’17 (Jul’17-Revised: S$2,051mn). For 2MFY18, the current account deficit level stood at US$2,601mn (up 102% YoY).Trade deficit for goods witnessed notable...

Trump: ‘Sad day’ for North Korea if U.S. takes military action

Courtesy Reuters- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would prefer not to use military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat but that if he did it would be a “very sad day” for the leadership in Pyongyang. Trump again...

Pakistan, Iran ink MoU to improve border security

Pakistan and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Sunday to foster improved border security management. It was inked during the 21st two-day meeting of Pak-Iran Joint Border Commission in Gwadar. The joint proposals pertaining to border situation, security matters, immigration and border trade between the...

CPEC and Pakistan

Faisal Ahmed Maintaining a strategically consequential relationship with China, while being allied to the United States during the height of cold war, has been an extraordinary success of Pakistan’s foreign policy. It was evident in April, 2015, when President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan, both countries...

Israel reported to have bombed Syrian chemical weapons facility

Courtesy The Guardian-  Israeli jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian government facility in the north-west of the country believed to be associated with Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons programme. The strikes were initially reported by Hebrew and Arab media sources on Thursday morning. A Syrian military statement...

The Enduring Hypocrisy of Nuclear No First Use

Courtesy Modern Diplomacy- In realist paradigm of International relations, one shall not solely trust the words of another state when it is a matter of a threat to national security. States can abrogate even a mutual pact when it is conflicting with their national interests....

North Korean Leader Hails Nuclear Arsenal as ‘Powerful Deterrent’

he North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has vowed to build up his country’s nuclear arsenal as a “powerful deterrent” to the United States, state media reported, hours after President Trump said that “only one thing will work” in dealing with the isolated country. Mr. Kim...

Kashmir talks: reality & myth

Courtesy Dawn-  Kashmir is so deeply emotive that perceptions often mix reality with myth. This is true of discussions over the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, the Tashkent Declaration, the Simla Accords, the Lahore Summit Declaration and, most of all, of bilateral efforts to...

White House ‘pressuring’ intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal

Courtesy The Guardian- US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former...
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